A new wave of cyberattacks targeting businesses and government agencies is making it harder for businesses to survive, according to a report from cybersecurity firm Gartner.
According to the report, more than 20,000 ransomware attacks were detected globally last year.
Gartner warned that cyberattacks are likely to continue to increase until the threat landscape is as well-defined as it was in 2016.
Gizmodo reported in January that cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike had detected 5,000 new ransomware infections every day in the first quarter of 2017, with the majority originating from China.
GadgetCrowdStrike also said the number of ransomware infections in the United States was higher than that in other regions.
It said the malware has grown exponentially since the beginning of the year, with about 30,000 attacks a day occurring worldwide, with a similar number in the U.S. and Europe.
Giphy, which has tracked ransomware for more than a year, has also been seeing an increase in attacks in the past few months.GIPHY reported that about 6,000 cyberattacks were detected in the quarter that ended in December, compared to about 1,000 in the prior quarter.
It’s not clear how the data is being updated, but Giphy did say that more ransomware infections were detected at the end of last year, as opposed to in the previous quarter.